Sweet fall flavors are at their finest in this Maple Apple Upside Down Cake.
I know apple pie is number one in the hearts of many of you when it comes to apple desserts. And not that I blame you, especially after tasting Lisa’s handiwork. (Man, that woman can bake some serious pie!) But just give me one bite of this Maple Apple Upside Down Cake, and then let’s compare best apple dessert notes. ‘Cuz I’m totally smitten with this cake, and I’m pretty sure you will be, too.
Our annual trip to the apple orchard is in just a few weeks, right at the peak of apple season. Everyone has their favorite eating variety (Honeycrisp or bust!) but we always grab a bag of cooking apples to make some of our family favorites, like Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce and Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread. This year, I’m going to stock up on a few extra baking apples just for this cake because it went fast the last time I made it.
I love the very fall-like flavor combination of maple syrup and tart apples. I know some upside down cakes can get very dense, but that’s not the case in this recipe. Here the cake stays tender, with the reduced maple syrup providing just enough sweetness without being cloying. We topped ours with a dollop of whipped cream, but don’t overlook salted caramel ice cream if you’re looking to wow your guests. Seriously. Yum.
Old habits can be hard to break, so don’t worry; I won’t hold it against you if you choose pie over this Maple Apple Upside Down Cake.
But I won’t save any salted caramel ice cream for you, either.
Fall is my favorite time of year to bake. Don’t miss some of our other favorite fall desserts below!